Snaith, John Allen (1869-1945)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

John was born in 1869 at St Helens Auckland, Co Durham, to parents John Snaith and Ann Tiffin. John, senior, was a PM Minister.


John served almost entirely in the smaller towns and rural districts, where he exercised a gracious ministry. He was faithfulness and reliability personified. Full of kindly sympathy for those in distress, he also revealed a gift of humour which endeared him to all.

As he preached, so he lived: he pointed out the heavenly way with the quiet assurance of a lifelong experience of Christ, coupled with a thoughtful approach to men’s problems.


John Married Mary Ann Bunn (1875-1963) in the summer of 1876 at Thetford, Norfolk. Census returns identify three children.

  • Norman Henry (1898-1982) – a PM Minister; President of Conference in 1958
  • Gladys Dorothy (1900-1990)
  • Marjorie Doris (1909-2001) – married William Brogden in 1935

John died on 13 February 1945 at Macclesfield, Cheshire.


  • 1893 Thetford
  • 1895 Brandon
  • 1896 Monmouth
  • 1897 Chipping Norton
  • 1898 Brinkworth
  • 1901 Ossett
  • 1903 Cheadle
  • 1906 N Walsham
  • 1910 N Sunderland
  • 1916 Littleborough
  • 1919 Wisbech
  • 1922 Wem
  • 1927 Bollington
  • 1931 Leek
  • 1934 Macclesfield (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/260

Methodist Minutes 1945/131

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • George,

    Thanks for pointing out my typo. Leary gives the correct circuit.

    By Geoff Dickinson (20/12/2014)
  • From 1910-1916 John Snaith was in the North Sunderland Circuit, on the Northumberland coast, 70 miles north of Sunderland.

    By George Scott (19/12/2014)

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